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CommunityMarch 5, 2008 

"Chicago" comes to area for one night only

The '20s come roaring back with a vengeance when the hit musical Chicago comes to The Newly-Renovated Julie Rogers Theatre on Sunday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $30 to $50, go on sale Friday, March 7 and can be purchased at the Beaumont Civic Center Box Office, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 409-833-7747.

Based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins (which was based on real events), Chicago is, as we are told in the show's opening lines, "a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery -- all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts."

The story revolves around Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who dreams of starring in vaudeville. She kills her lover, nightclub regular Fred Casely, and convinces her husband to front the money to hire Chicago's shrewdest defense lawyer. The lawyer, Billy Flynn, turns her crime of passion into celebrity headlines, and Roxie becomes the toast of Chicago --until other crimes pull the limelight away from her.

Chicago was created by John Kander and Fred Ebb (known for their hit musicals Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Bob Fosse (famous for his innovative staging and choreography). It first opened on Broadway on June 3, 1975 and ran 898 performances. Its current Broadway revival (on which this tour is based) opened November 14, 1996, and is still running.

In 2002 Miramax Films took the Tony Award winning musical to the big screen starring Renee Zellweger as Roxie Hart, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelley and Richard Gere as Billy Flynn.

The box office success and subsequent multiple Oscar wins including Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Best Picture lead to the rebirth of the musical and touring success. For the first time since the movie Chicago is live in Beaumont.

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